All India Radio, Raipur was commissioned on 02.10.1963 as an auxiliary centre of A.I.R. Bhopal. 2 nos. of 10 KW NEC make transmitters along with Emergency Studios were installed at 7.6 Km stone on Raipur-Bilaspur road. The Receiving Centre was installed in village Rawanbhatta about one Km. further away on same road and one Km. away on the left side.
The receiving centre has since been wound up w.e.f. Feb. 1993. Later on, the administrative section of the unit was shifted to a rented building in the city. The space vacated thus at X’TR end was utilized for recording studio.
The construction of permanent office building in Civil Lines area was completed in 1976 and 3 office rooms were converted into temporary studios as an interim set up. The main Studios of A.I.R. Raipur started working w.e.f. 02.10.1979. During sixth five-year plan, one of the 10 KW transmitters along with its combining unit was dismantled in 1983 and installation of 100 KW transmitters was taken up.
The new 100 KW BEL transmitter type HMB-105 was commissioned for regular services on 17.12.1984. During the 10th Five Year Plan , this Transmitter is replaced with new 100 KW MW, Make-Thales TMW2100 solid state transmitter and commissioned for regular transmission on 15.01.2008 . The BEL HMB 105 transmitter is being utilized as a standby transmitter.
All India Radio (Akashwani Kendra) in Chhattisgarh : Raipur (MW + FM), Jagdalpur (MW), Ambikapur (MW), Bilaspur (FM), Raigarh (FM) and Saraipali (FM) .
The idea of a regular Broadcasting Service in India took shape for the first time in 1926, in the form of an agreement entered into between the Government of India and private company called the Indian Broadcasting Company Ltd., Under that agreement, a licence for the constructions of two stations, one at Bombay and the other at Calcutta, was granted. The Bombay Station was accordingly inaugurated on 23rd July, 1927.
Unexpectedly, after about three years, the Company went into liquidation on 1st March, 1930. It looked as though introduction of broadcasting had failed in India while the other countries were making good progress. In response, however, to popular demand, the Government decided to acquire the assets of the Indian Broadcasting Company and run the two Stations, at Bombay and Calcutta, on an experimental basis for a period of two years from 1st April, 1930. Finally, the Government decided in May, 1932 to continue the Indian State Broadcasting Service under their own management and placed it under the administrative control of the Department of Industries and Labour.
In March, 1935, a separate Department under a Controller of Broadcasting was constituted to work under the Department of Industries and Labour. In June, 1936, 'All India Radio' replaced the earlier nomenclature of the 'Indian State Broadcasting Service'. Broadcasting was transferred to the Department of Communications in November, 1937 and was later transferred to the Department of Information & Broadcasting in October, 1941. This Department was reconstituted as the Department of Information and Arts from 23rd February, 1946. The name of the Department was again changed to the Department of Information & Broadcasting from 10th September, 1946.
The real break for broadcasting in India came with World War II. The War also made it necessary for the Government to expand the broadcasting organisation so as to meet the requirements of its war effort. Most of the News Services and the External Services originated during the war years. When India became free, the AIR network had only six stations Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Lucknow and Tiruchi with a total complement of 18 transmitters, six of them on medium wave and the others on shortwave. Listening on medium wave was confined to the urban areas in these cities. With the integration of princely states, AIR took over five broadcasting centres functioning in these areas. The total number of radio sets at the time of independence in 1947 was a mere 2,75,000, but now-a-days Radio & T.V. is available almost in every house.
Purpose for the Constitution of All India Radio :
For the efficient supervision of programmes and for the maintenance of high standards in the several types of broadcast, it was considered essential to have a self-contained department consisting of—
Programme Professionals with a background and taste for music, culture, current affairs, literature and specialisation in science, agriculture, family welfare, public relations, etc. to discover suitable talents and material for good programmes and present the various programmes in an effective and attractive manner for entertainment and educating the masses.
1.1.6. All India Radio was created to meet these requirements and is being continuously developed and strengthened. Director General, All India Radio is the head of the Department under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
Being a National Public Service Broadcaster, AIR is committed to empower all types of the masses/citizens by disseminating information and progamme on education and entertainment by having strong electronic Radio broadcast media using state of the art technology.
Broadcasting in India being a national service, constitutes the most powerful medium of mass communication. It plays a significant role, as a medium of information and education, in a developing country like India, where the reach of other communicating media is not extensive.
All India Radio keeps the people all over the country informed quickly about Government policies, plans, programmes and achievements, through the medium of sound broadcasting by a variety of programmes. It also keeps the people informed of the important news and current events of topical interest and provides an appreciable amount of entertaining programmes. Through its broadcasting, AIR seeks to promote education, national integration and also develop various aspects of Indian culture. It also gives timely assistance to public and Government Departments by quick dissemination of information during natural clamities. It runs a Commercial Service which helps in promoting sale of goods and services through advertisements. In short, it informs, educates and entertains people in different languages, through a variety of programmes on cultural, educational, scientific, agricultural, health, hygiene, fine arts, socio-cultural themes, etc. and earns substantial revenue for the Government, through Commercial Broadcasting.
3-Tier Broadcasting System for A.I.R.
All India Radio is embarking on a three tier system of broadcasting of national, regional and local services in an effort to remove several deficiencies in the existing arrangements. The national service attemps to reflect fully the broad spectrum of national life and act complementary to the regional and local services. The coverage of the 1000 KW transmitter at Nagpur, the foundation stone for which was laid by the Late Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi, in April, 1982, will provide coverage to about 86% of the country's population. The national channel will include centrally originated news bulletins in Hindi and English, music, news reels, spokenword and other topical programmes. With the commission of the national channel, the existing regional centres would form the middle tier. The emphasis would be on regional programmes in the regional languages. Local radio stations, which form the third tier is a new concept in broadcasting. To be located at District headquarters, each station would serve a small area. The programme pattern of the stations would be flexible and spontaneous to enable the station to function as a mouthpiece of the local community.
1. To act as a leading National Public Service Broadcaster.
2. To develop well informed & educated societies in the country and also abroad by sufficient radio broadcast infrastructure.
AIR objectives (in brief) are to disseminate messages and information freely and uniformly in unbiased manner, promote education and provide entertainment to all type of people at large with the help of state of the art Radio Broadcast Technology.
For AIR Stations, Frequency Schedules and DTH services, information, etc., please visit our websites: www.allindiaradio.org, www.newsonair.com.
Values and Standards :
AIR follows international and national level Social & Cultural values and standards in Broadcasting.
A. AIR is committed to increase transparency and accountability in its functioning in broadcasting field by leveraging state of the art broadcast technology with more effectiveness & efficiency.
B. Acknowledge all complaints and grievances within 7 days and reply within 30-60 days approx.
CONTACT US (AS PER THE GRIEVANCES CONCERNED) AT :
All India Radio,
Room No. 102, Akashvani Bhavan, New Delhi-110001.
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 011-23421300 Fax: 011-23421956
Dy. Director General (PP&D)
Directorate General: All India Radio,
Room No. 106, Akashvani Bhavan, New Delhi – 110001.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Telefax : 011-23421632
Dy. Director General (Admn.)
Directorate General: All India Radio,
Room No. 146, Akashvani Bhavan, New Delhi – 110001.
Telefax : 011-23421110
Information & Facilitation Counter/ Public Grievance Officer/Grievance Officer/Head of the Office at the AIR station/Office.